Nicole Byer To be tired.
She’s having fun, don’t get her wrong. In fact, the chipper perpetual comic is getting the way she once dreamed of in the late 2000s, when she was working on impromptu sets in a leaky basement under a Gristedes supermarket in New York City. Now, she Nominated for three Emmys: someone who wrote her Netflix comedy special, Nicole Byer: BBW (Big Beautiful Weirdo), and two to host and produce Netflix’s amateur baking contest Nail it!. On top of that, this 35-year-old New Jersey native is keeping up with her growing podcast pool and promoting her prominent role on the NBC sitcom Grand Crewpremiered in December and already extension for the second season.
When she started our Zoom call on Thursday morning, her voice was hoarse. She spent the night before sipping wine at the premiere of the Diane Keaton-starring comedy in Los Angeles. Mack & Rita, and then she has a doctor’s appointment, a development meeting, and a dinner. I was amazed when she held up her iPhone to reveal her calendar: a stack of purple, anxiety-inducing oblong boxes, each representing another commitment to Nicole’s never-ending business. Byer.
“June sucks,” she said, flipping through that month’s list of meetings, appointments, interviews, recordings, and live gigs. “Tons of trash all the time. Just blocks and rubbish blocks to do. “
But it’s all by design, she insists.
“It sounds toxic, but I can work with smoke,” she says. “I’m pretty good at burning candles at both ends and have a nice holiday where I don’t do anything and [then] back to grind. I’m really lucky to have a job that I love so I don’t get tired.”
However, the signs of fatigue are still there, even if it’s the kind that comes from a steady career in a fickle industry that doesn’t offer opportunities for the likes of Byer, a dark-skinned woman. oversized black used to candid about the pitfalls of not conforming to the Hollywood archetype. Still, she functions like a pro, even if throughout our interview it became clear that she could use these 40 minutes for additional shut-eye. It’s another reminder of the ephemeral nature of showbiz, where performers are encouraged to strike while the iron is hot.
More optimistically, that’s just what happens when your dreams finally come true.
Byer became famous in 2013 on MTV’s Addictive Channel Boy code branch Girl’s password, which features comedians and commentators explaining everything from drinking to makeup to junk food. She immediately stands out for her witty and vulgar portrayal of the modern woman, all conveyed with the cartoonish facial expression of a friend who has too many mimosas late at breakfast. (“Like, in school, you probably shouldn’t wear too much makeup. But I said damn it. You like it? Just wear it,” she asserts during a heavily-makeup segment.) It was a breakout gig for Byer, landing her a spot on a nationwide college tour based on the show and, in fact, overnight, turning her into a stand-up comedian. legal.
“My manager said, ‘Yes, find out. You do the characters and sketches and stuff, so figure out those bases,” she said of the sudden transition to stand-up performance.
Since then, she’s had her own show that spanned two seasons on MTV and Facebook Watch, Exactly loose Nicole, in which she plays a fictional version of herself. But commentary is where Byer really thrives, making her a seamless fit into the world of podcasting. The huge success of Why Not Date Me?, now part of Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco network, has helped spawn a host of other podcasts curated by Byer, including Best Friends. with ex loverSNL comedian Sasheer Zamata and 90 Day Bae with TV screenwriter Marcy Jarreau.
Byer’s flair for original, sharp, and all-too-true observations of life — combined with her profound and concrete life experience as a Black woman in Los Angeles — is what Made Why Won’t You Date Me? such a hit. Over the course of 250 episodes, she personifies the futility and frustration of modern dating, extracting elusive information from her live male guests and crashing the dating app. Raya and its countless Australian DJs. It’s a hilarious listen, even as she admits that the show may be on a lull after nearly five years of episodes.
“At this point, I feel tired,” she said. “And I can hear it in the episodes. I pivoted away from talking about my lack of sex and dating life, because I wasn’t really dating anymore. I’m so busy “.
She also uses her various podcasts to candidly discuss body positivity in the entertainment industry, pointing out how to treat oversized people and revealing that she often wears her own clothes. I go to the sets because of the lack of choice in the wardrobe. She knows that agoraphobia is lurking around every corner, especially when she told me that both her parents, who passed away when she was 16 and 21 years old, both died of heart disease, an event The coincidence that she said it didn’t necessarily stress her out. “I know as a fat person, someone will be like, ‘Well, you should [worried], you bastard. ‘ If I worry about every little thing, how can I worry about other things? “
Aside from her standout comedy (now Emmy-worthy) and various hosting gigs, Byer’s outspoken and confident personality has also opened the door to her as a host. is an actor. Get her NBC sitcom Grand Crewfocuses on a group of Black friends in Los Angeles who exchange relationship advice with full-bodied red glasses — a concept directly inspired by the wine-filled outings of Byer with series creator Phil Augusta Jackson, who wrote the role of Nicky with her in mind.
“I, Phil, [Grand Crew co-star] Carl Tart, Echo Kellum, some writers like Ify [Nwadiwe] and Lamar [Woods]—We used to get chills at this tavern on the east side. We still do,” Byer said. “My character Nicky relies on me deeply. Sometimes I would go on tour and be out of town. I remember meeting times and I would turn around and say, ‘Who the hell is that? Okay, I have to go. ‘”
Jackson and Byer met while she was working at the front desk of the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in New York City in 2009, and the two ended up being placed on the same improv team at UCB.
“Nicole is that, it’s fun to perform as an improviser. Her picks are always funny and inspiring, so it’s great to be on the same team as her as an official part of the theater,” Jackson told The Daily Beast in one email, adding that the two have been “friends for so long” that writing to her definitely feels like second nature at this point. “
For Byer, dreams come true are not short-lived.
“If someone had said to me 15 years ago, ‘You’re going to do a web show with your good friend,’ I’d be like, ‘Really? OK, that sounds like fun, but I don’t know if I believe it. ‘ So it felt wild,” she said.
But did she make it? Will she ever be comfortable holding only one show at a time? Is that even the goal?
“I feel like if people ever made it, they would stop working,” she mused. “Diane Keaton is still working. She still puts in the work and she is a living legend! Who knows?
“I guess I would know if I would be successful if I flew alone forever. If I lay on my hospital bed and I say, ‘There’s been no commercial flight in 30 years,’ she says in the voice of a lifelong smoker about to take her last breath, then I think I’ve made it. . “